Update: Sen. Reid has apologized for his comments. "I simply misspoke," he said. "I am proud to have been an advocate for disaster victims in the face of Republican foot-dragging, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy."

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) an "idiot" Monday for saying that the damage caused to the Gulf Coast by 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina pales next to that caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey," Reid said on the Senate floor Friday, lamenting the two-month delay in passing a federal aid package to deal with the recovery in those states.